The Art of Repeat: Exploring Patterns in Historic Dress

Green Floral Silk Chiffon Dress designed by Pauline Trigere, 1960s

The Fashion Marketing students at the University of Central Oklahoma have partnered with the Edmond History Museum on this exhibition. The Art of Repeat: Exploring Patterns in Historic Dress celebrates the variety of design and creativity in clothing. This exhibition highlights popular patterns on garments, including florals, geometric shapes, polka dots, and plaids. Several different applications have been used to accomplish such unique designs; such as, screen printing, embroidery, and hand-beaded work. While you explore the exhibition, notice how designers used patterns in delicate trims, while others used large scale patterns that fill the entire garment.

On exhibit at the Edmond History Museum, April 12 – July 27, 2023


In the late 1950s, several prominent Oklahoma City women in fashion related businesses initiated contacts with The Fashion Group International, Inc. headquartered in New York. as a result, a new regional “Fashion Group, Inc. of Oklahoma City (OKC Fashion Group)” was established in the fall of 1958.

One of the goals of the OKC Fashion Group was to collect garments in order to establish a “designer costume collection” covering several decades and representing significant changes in fashion design. They collected garments and accessories from prominent women in Oklahoma. The items in the collection range from the late 1800s to the 1980s. In 1989, the OKC Fashion group disbanded and donated the entire collection to Central State University, which is now called University of Central Oklahoma.